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Strachan explains media walkout

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Strachan in media conference walkout

Gordon Strachan claims he stormed out of a media conference because journalists broke an agreement not to ask him about the Sunderland vacancy.

The Celtic manager has been linked with the Black Cats after Roy Keane left the Stadium of Light on Thursday.

Strachan has steered Celtic to three consecutive SPL titles and picked up November's Clydesdale Bank Premier League manager of the month award.

The 51-year-old previously managed in England with Coventry and Southampton.

Celtic picked up six straight SPL wins during the penultimate month of 2008, with the Glasgow side scoring 13 goals and conceding only one.

Celtic manager Gordon Strachan
I've had tests throughout my career and you have to deal with them

Celtic manager Gordon Strachan

Victories over Hearts, Motherwell, Kilmarnock, Hamilton, St Mirren and Inverness CT saw the reigning champions go seven points clear at the top.

Keane resigned as Sunderland manager on Thursday after 27 months at the Stadium of Light.

Strachan, Sam Allardyce, Alan Curbishley, David O'Leary and Terry Venables are some of the names being linked with the vacancy.

But the Celtic manager would not be drawn on speculation linking him with a move to the English Premier League.

After receiving his manager of the month award, the Scot said he was relishing the challenge of securing further silverware at the club.

"It's a fantastic club to work for and it's a great bunch of lads," he said.

"They are smashing to work with, they are receptive and want to get better. The facilities are fantastic as well. We are training on a magnificent pitch, considering the weather has been that bad."

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Strachan, who has received some criticism despite Celtic's success in recent seasons, said he was getting better at handling the pressures of a career in the dugout.

"The more you get through that, the stronger you get, whether it's a football manager or any business you deal with," he said.

"These things make you stronger and wiser and the longer you can stay in the game, the better you are going to become as a manager.

"You need to put a lot of work in and you need a bit of luck at times as well. I've had tests throughout my career and you have to deal with them."

Celtic full-back Mark Wilson said Strachan would be difficult to replace if he decided to embark on a new challenge.

"You couldn't blame him because of what has gone on but the club is fantastic and the manager knows that better than anybody," said Wilson.

"It's going to be very difficult to find a club as big or more exciting than Celtic."

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see also
Sunderland begin hunt for manager
05 Dec 08 |  Sunderland
Keane resigns as Sunderland boss
04 Dec 08 |  Sunderland


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